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Walkden Medical Centre News


July-sept 2019



Opening Hours


Reception hours are 08:00 - 18:30 Monday to Friday. On the day appointments can be booked at reception, either in person or by telephone, from 08:00.


 


August Day Bank Holiday


The practice will be closed on Monday 26th August


 


Staff Changes


We wish Dr Choudry best wishes as she begins her maternity leave. We will be welcoming back Dr West who will be acting in her place whilst she is away. Please note we are directing coil and implant fittings to the local family planning clinics.


 


Practice Pharmacist


We now have a pharmacist working alongside the practice. He is helping us in many ways. He will be doing face to face medication reviews with our patients who have chronic airway disease and hypertension.


 


NHS App


The NHS App is now available to the public on Google Play and Apple app stores. GP practices are being connected to the app gradually and will all be connected by 1 July 2019. People will only be able to use all features when their GP practice is connected to the app.


 


Physiotherapy self-referrals


You can access NHS physiotherapy without seeing your GP first. It can be accessed via the practice website. go2physio



Social Prescribing


Wellbeing Matters is a social prescribing approach which links statutory health and care services to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. The aim is to support people to connect to local community assets to support their wellbeing and independence, reducing the need for intervention by health and care services. Ask your clinician if you would like more information.


 


University of the Third Age


U3A provides life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities for retired and semi-retired people to come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! They have 25 difference activities for people to get involved in. Marlene Evans for more info 0161 790 9380.


 


Park Run


We’ve become a park run practice. Get involved in your local park run. It’s a fun 2 or 5km walk/jog or run, starting at 9am on Saturdays around Worsley woods. Check out the website. https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/


 


Cervical Screening


If due please attend for your smear! Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year. Around 690 women die from the disease, which means 2 deaths every day. It's estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cases could be prevented.


 


Did Not Attends (DNAs)


From March 2018 to April 2019 there were 1030 DNA’s. The estimated cost to the NHS for these DNA’s was £47,380.


 


 


 

Welcome to Walkden Medical Centre Online

Welcome to our practice website. We aim to provide all of our patients with a comprehensive range of healthcare services covering one-off problems to longer term illnesses.

As well as being able to see when we are open at the click of a mouse we’ve made it easier for you to do a number of things. Check out how to order a repeat prescription or cancel your appointment online.

Making an appointment You can ring us on 0161 702 5310.

To provide you with the best possible standards of care and point you in the right direction when making your appointment -we’ll ask about the reason for your consultation when you request an appointment. This will ensure you get the most appropriate treatment as well as helping to reduce waiting times. If you’d rather not say, please just let us know.

We have now added the facility for patients to book a range of appointments online and access summary medical information online from their records. Patients have been able to order their repeat prescriptions online since 2007 and this is a real time-saving, safe and responsive service, all-round. To sign up for any or all of the online services, patients must produce evidence of their identity and current address, in person, at reception. We will make alternative arrangements for access, for patients who are housebound.

Not all problems need our help initially, so we encourage everyone with minor illness or skin conditions to consult their pharmacist first. They will refer you on to our nurse practitioner or GP if it’s a problem they cannot help with.

CONSIDER LOCAL PHARMACIST FIRST

You can find details here. You can talk to your pharmacists in confidence - even about the most personal symptoms. Most pharmacies now have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately.

Access medication from your pharmacy under a new minor ailment scheme

For first line help and advice with self-limiting illness, eg coughs, colds, sore throats, fever, sickness, diarrhoea, etc

Especially useful for advice about choosing suitable cough & cold remedies when already taking prescribed medication (as they can advise about the most suitable choice)

Help with medication queries

Head lice treatments

“Morning after” contraception (from selected pharmacies)

Some preventive malaria treatments

(Site updated 02/07/2019)
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